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by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4584

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

will it be the lowest average rating in the championship for 30 years? Unlikely as the long tail of players under 2100 in previous Championships has been eliminated. Given that they used to help pay for it, you wonder about the financial viability, but perhaps entry fees for the other events have b...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4584

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Nick Grey wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:46 pm
Is this going to be the lowest entry since the 70s
Possibly in the British Championship itself. Numbers are plentiful in the numerous other sections.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 9
Views: 501

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

John McKenna wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:08 pm
at the 40th move
According to chessbomb.com it was 85 moves

https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-su ... _David_W_L

At move 40, the stockfish at that site thinks White is about a pawn worse.
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 45
Views: 4071

Re: New National Blitz event

Once you have specified that "Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice" you simply disqualify anyone who enters a second event, even if the local organisers don't spot it; so, no obvious reason not to have a qualifier (or 2, 3, 4) on the Sunday I would have t...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4584

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I presume that FIDE has the date of birth wrong, but otherwise there's a ringer in the Over 65 s http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=402397 I'm guessing this is the Danny Wright who won the Hastings Challengers of December 1967 - January 1968, played in the Student Olympiad team of that era and...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4584

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Total as of 18th June 711 Championship 32 entries Major Open 53 entries Over 50 33 entries Over 65 43 entries Under 16 12 entries Under 14 18 entries Under 12 31 entries Under 11 40 entries Under 10 29 entries Under 9 44 entries Under 8 29 entries AM Open 21 entries Under 2050 25 entries Under 1900 ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4584

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

The deadline for late entry fees has been moved from 1st to 30th June.

There are now 3 GM entries to the Championship.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 50
Views: 2573

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

With Gelfand among the qualifiers by rating and the two young Iranians invited or qualified, it's an issue that could resurface in the Isle of Man tournament for a Candidates place.
by Roger de Coverly
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Teaching chess to blind people
Replies: 7
Views: 491

Re: Teaching chess to blind people

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:42 am

The difference is just with the elementary lessons?
With the right tools, does anything need to be different? In the UK at least, the visually handicapped players utilise touch sensitive pieces and boards, chess books translated to Braille and text to speech on software.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grade File Checker
Replies: 14
Views: 800

Re: Grade File Checker

If you Google the error message it finds a Microsoft support page. Whether that page makes any sense in practice is another matter.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola
Replies: 39
Views: 1177

Re: FIDE Cooperation Agreement with Coca-Cola

A white-wash and in most cases barely five minutes spent researching the conduct of the multi-national concerned. In the absence of a high profile well supported campaign to boycott Coca-Cola and its numerous brands which include Costa Coffee, there isn't a justification for FIDE or for that matter...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Grade File Checker
Replies: 14
Views: 800

Re: Grade File Checker

Steve Emmerton wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:23 pm
I've already tried that - running it in compatiblity mode for Win XP/7/8 - all with the same result.
I think others have reported that they have had to keep an ageing computer in commission purely to run ECF grading software.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2050

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

I am on the committee of a relatively small club, but I've never experienced this resistance to annual membership to which Roger refers. I suggest you read the thread. It's a resident of Torquay or nearby who would play in a one day event at the British Championship Congress were it not so expensiv...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4584

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

James Pratt wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:51 pm
I spotted - horror - one GM out of the near fifty that might have registered. Surely they can do better than this?
Lack of money presumably, GMs like to be kept in some sort of style, rather than have to rely on the prize money alone.
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?
Replies: 28
Views: 2050

Re: Needing to be ECF member to play in British Championships?

The fact is that I will be highly unlikely to play in the British because the insistence for ECF membership makes entering the event prohibitively expensive. The ECF is attempting to recruit a paid for development officer. https://www.englishchess.org.uk/development-officer-vacancy/ I suspect whoev...